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Mercurial de Villiers wins match in his 200th ODI

South Africa won the toss and AB de Villiers elected to field.

Proteas' AB de Villiers. Picture: @OfficialCSA.
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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa won the toss and AB de Villiers elected to field.
 
It seemed like the correct decision as light rain had fallen in the morning at Newlands.
 
The South African seamers would have been licking their lips but it was the spin of Imran Tahir that got the first wicket for the home side.
 
Joe Root and the impressive Alex Hales looked to be steadying the innings but Root fell for 29, again it was Tahir.
 
The passionate leg spinner pleaded with his captain to review the decision and he was proved right and Root had to go, LBW.
 
Thereafter England lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled for 236 within their allotted 50 overs.
 
Opener Alex Hales was the only positive for the English.
 
His consistency throughout the series was rewarded when he reached his 2nd ODI century.
 
Hales scored four half centuries in as many games and capped off a quality series with a special knock, he ended as the series highest runs scorer with 383 runs.
 
Protea bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and David Wiese ended with three wickets apiece.
 
South Africa now needed to chase 236 runs for victory in the match and the series they were once 2-0 down in.
 
The Proteas got off to a stuttering start losing three wickets in quick succession.
 
Thereafter South Africa’s two premium batsmen Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers stabilized the innings sharing a 125 run stand.
 
Amla was eventually dismissed for 59 but the hard work he and de Villiers had already done was always going to make it hard for the tourists to come back.
 
Thereafter, de Villiers eased to his 24th century in his 200th ODI appearance.

De Villiers could not have scripted it better as his match winning innings was filled with some masterful strokes.

He ended on 101 not out with 42 runs coming through the cover region leaving some of the Newlands faithful breathless with some of his stroke play.
 
David Wiese eventually hit the winnings runs with 36 balls to spare, the burly all-rounder capped off a fine day with bat and ball scoring 41 runs to add to his 3 wickets.
 
South Africa come home with an unlikely series victory after looking dead and buried after the second match in Port Elizabeth.
 
However, they showed an enormous amount of spirit to come back and win three consecutive matches against a quality England outfit.
 
In the process they become the first team since Pakistan in 2005 to win a series after being 2 games down.
 
It was also the first time they beat England in an ODI series since 2005.
 

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